NDAs, or non-disclosure agreements, are made to protect secrets, establishing confidentiality between two parties. Since both participants agree to protect the information therein, so long as the NDA exists, one would have to assume what they're protecting would lead to some juicy gossip.
Fortunately, NDAs expire, leading to the tea overflowing for us all to sip.
Reddit user, u/SkullLikesCreepiness, wanted the tea spilled everywhere when they asked:
Swing And A Miss
As an investor I was pitched a 10% stake in a company that owned the trademark "iWatch" and their whole value weighed on Apple buying the rights from them. I declined. About a year later Apple revealed the "Apple Watch" and I sighed with relief
When The TV Spills The Tea
My mom had an NDA while sitting on a Grand Jury for over a year. I prodded her all the time on the case and what she was doing for over a year of her life. She refused to tell me, only saying that, "you have to be very careful about what's said on the phone, you never know who's listening. But you'll know what I was doing when the story breaks."
Ok... so a few months later I walk into work and see on the TV that our governor was indicted for corruption, including selling Obama's vacant Senate seat when he became Pres in '08. Rod Blagojevich then paraded all over tv including on "The Apprentice" to tout his innocence and beg ppl to listen to the tapes that "exonerated" him. Yeah, ok dude. I have different information.
Many government buildings had lead paint on them well into the 90s. My dad was hired to repaint buildings for a number of government agencies including the DOD and FBI
Not As Sexy As You Think
Well, this isn't exactly about me signing an NDA, rather me inadvertently causing a bunch of people to have to sign an NDA. I used to frequent the Playboy Mansion as a regular weekend movie-night guest. Trust me, it was nothing scandalous and very chill. I wrote a pretty innocent book about my experiences moving to Los Angeles including my Playboy Mansion frequents. I was put on a Do Not Admit list for writing about it, and all the girls who were coming up or who could come up after for movie night and Sunday pool parties had to sign NDAs going forward.
Perfectly Lined Up To Ruin Lives
Carly Fiorina, then CEO of HP, asked us to not announce huge layoffs before US elections in order to help George Bush. I couldn't believe it especially as the comms team I was on wasn't even in the US. I never gelt okay about that one.
I worked as a head cheaf in a pretty well known food chain in Spain. Everything was frozen except for the sautéd zucchini that went into the fried rice. Even the ribs were frozen cooked and then thawed in the microwave and bathed in boiling sauce. Food was decently tasting though, just frozen and kind of nasty. It was my first HC job and didn't last long.
So Much Personal Info Out There In The Open
Call centers are a sh-t show.
I worked for Comcast support in 2008 and everyone was required to write everything down in spiral notebooks - imagine 200 college aged kids with zero understanding of security walking around with multiple notebooks filled with names, credit card numbers, addresses, etc - everything that was said went into the notebook... why be so wildly careless? So that we don't have to ask the customer again if the program crashed and we had to enter the info again lol. Also people took the notebooks home regularly. They were our own personal notebooks and we were required to do this.
Who Owns America?
Only NDA I signed was to prevent me from disclosing that King Abdula(since deceased) of Saudi Arabia uses his university trust to purchase large swaths of land in the USA very quietly.
This particular purchase was a handful of years right after 9/11 and is very close to Washington DC.
I believe they are still the primary investors. They were also incredibly demanding during their due diligence but are great partners, but I don't think that firm has used any more middle eastern money because they have some great other capital partners.
Never As Fun As You'd Want It To Be
Late to the party, but here's the only NDA thing I've ever been a part of.
I was in the closed Alpha for a new Command and Conquer game EA was supposed to release a few years back. It was fun, but as you can tell it never came to fruition.
Here's some screen grabs from when I played. Nothing, exciting, but they were basically turning C&C into a SAAS-offering. I'm honestly glad it failed because buying generals and not having an actual new C&C game just sounds terrible, not to mention the lack of single-player at the time.
You Can Only Imagine What's Behind Military Doors
You sign an NDA when you finish your time in the military. It does not expire for classified material, but I can discuss things they have already released to the public. I got to witness the Navy's laser weapon technology long before the public knew of its existence... it blew my mind when I saw it in action. They are on the new Ford class carriers and can knock out a missile or aircraft at the press of a button. When they released this to the public, I remember seeing comments like "you can only imagine the tech they are working on today" made me laugh at how true that statement is... Should have a look at military rail gun technology too.
Also seeing the strict usage of fiber optic networking throughout the ship was cool, at that time I had never heard of it. Even today it is still not common place to every home, but is well known now.
More Military Secrets
I had to sign an NDA years ago (and get an FBI background check) to do a gig for Northrup Grumman. I do lights and video and they needed someone to do lighting for their annual international VIP meeting. They were very excited to reveal their new tank busting missile that could be fired from an Apache helicopter. They had a slide show with all these fancy graphics about it, along with full color printed brochures that they handed out to everyone who attended. At the end of the event, all the brochures (large booklets, not leaflets) were left all over the hotel when people didn't want to carry them around anymore. How's that for security?
On another note, the keynote speaker who was the big cheese at NG kept using Star Trek metaphors during his speech. While stressing the need for secrecy he kept referring to "those spying Romulans." So weird.
So, You Knew All Along That Tony Was Going To Take Away The Suit?
I worked with Pinewood Studios on the engineering for the effects of the ferry in Spider-Man Homecoming to split in half and I wasn't allowed to spoil that.
The Case Has Been Cracked!
Outback Steakhouse's recipe for Macaroni and Cheese:
- 4 oz of Heavy Whipping Cream
- 4 oz of Velvetta cheese
- 9 oz of Al dente penne pasta
Throw it in a saute pan and melt the cheese.
BAM! Outback Mac and Cheese :)
Edit: just for clarification, this is the old recipe. I left the company in 2003. The newer recipe has cavatappi pasta and spices and crispy topping.
Really, Oklahoma? Really?
The State of Oklahoma once busted a counterfeit check ring because the individuals misspelled Oklahoma on the front of some checks. They were damn near perfect copies with valid account, check and amount numbers and were caught when an employee who ran a reader/sorter machine noticed a rejected check with the spelling Oaklahoma. I was that employee and had to testify in court regarding finding the checks. I think I'm still not supposed to talk about certain details, even though it was a long time ago.
Shows How Expendable You Are
I served on a board that had kidnap ransom insurance for all the board members. A condition of the insurance was that we could tell no one that we had kidnap ransom insurance.
Nothing To Be Done
At variform, its a factory that makes auto parts for Chrysler/jeep. They allow there employees to breath in toxic welding fumes and only when the government came around for testing did they add more air flow, then took them away after. Never gave the proper ppe for the work , always had ripped gloves and working with razor sharp steel pieces. The temps outnumbered the full timers 4 to 1 , the temp agency does t even hire people who speak English, he literally just hold up money and says "WANT?". Its a mega sh-tshow there.
Edit: lots of people are asking me to report it , I can assure you it's already been done. Friends I still have there are saying air quality tests are being routinely done , but usually with the bay doors open for a few hours and fans from non welding lines to help airflow(then returned to there rightfull line). I appreciate the concern and advise from everyone. Thanks again and good luck to everyone that's in this situation.
What We Missed Out On...
That they were coming out with a microsoft watch to rival the Apple Watch , this was 4 years ago if not longer , you can bet it flopped !
Introducing the Microsoft Zune Watch.
Our World Is Shattered
I was once on the camera crew of Pimp My Ride and most of the show is fake. The guys knew ahead of time that we were arriving, the car had to be fully paid off, and most of the work done has to be paid for in almost full.
Anything To Keep You Buying New Stuff
It's not much, but I was part of developing Air Drop for Mac OS X Lion (10.7) and was doing this on a 2008 Mac Pro. In the end, we were told it's not to be made compatible with 2008's and require a 2009. That made no sense because I was successfully testing it on the 2008 just fine. It was a planned obsolescence, a ploy to force users to buy a new Mac. Upset, I secretly released a patch on Media Fire for owners of a 2008 to get Air Drop. It didn't require much as I made the lockout as cheaply as possible.
I also did development of USB 3.0 support and also did this on my 2008 Mac Pro (I should mention that this Mac Pro is a prototype with a unique firmware that has an Insyde BIOS setup with all options available for debugging, of which Apple never asked back, and I still have today in my office as my daily driver. It has no serial number and refers to itself as a prototype in any software trying to get a board revision; it also doesn't run retail Mac OS, hence I said BIOS earlier. It doesn't have EFI, so it runs Windows 10 today with a GTX-1050 Ti installed, and still has the USB 3.0 card I had during development.) (Before anyone asks, no I didn't steal it, I asked my supervisor if they wanted it back, and he told me to keep it, they had no use for it).
There are few things more annoying than when you are seeking advice and someone responds with a boring platitude that helps no one. Believe it or not, if you choose to provide advice, it needs to be specific to the situation and shouldn't be dressed up in trite phrasing. Does saying, "Keep your head up" actually contribute anything if that's all you have to say when someone comes to you in search of a listening ear?
But this goes deeper than just advice, to be fair. Some of us are sick of greedy corporations that stress the importance of being a "family" while refusing to pay proper wages. Still more of us are tired of people using certain language when other language can suffice.
After Redditor BensReddits asked the online community, "What is a phrase you absolutely hate hearing?" people shared their stories.
"At any sort of conference..."
At any sort of conference/gathering/presentation:
"How're you all doing today?!? C'mon, I know you can answer louder than that! HOW ARE YOU ALL DOING TODAY?!"
Instant resentment every time.
I second that resentment.
I attended a conference once where the main speaker did this several times in the span of thirty minutes as he announced different initiatives.
Such a headache.
"At my work..."
At my work upper management has started using the word "activate" a lot. As in, "We are working on plans to activate underutilized spaces." And, "Let's activate a few other teams on this." It just sounds silly to me and like they are trying too hard to avoid using simple, perfectly adequate language.
I'll take your "activate" and give you...
What is wrong with the word "use"?
"I was born in Australia..."
"Your English is so good!"
Thank you, I was born in Australia and English is literally my first language. My standard response these days is, "Oh thank you, yours too!"
This one is especially annoying...
...if you're not alabaster white.
This is a big one:
"Where are you from? No I mean where are you from."
Also annoying if you're not alabaster white.
"Someone saying to a teenager..."
Someone saying to a teenager, "These are the best years of your life!" I am in my mid-40s now and most people my age remember high school as horrible and awkward. The more appropriate thing to say is, "Hang in there kid! I promise life gets better. Just get through adolescence the best you can."
High school sucked.
My life vastly improved in my 20s. Let's not convince teenagers that they have nothing to look forward to after high school's over and done with.
"That's nothing... " when I tell them something only for them to turn it onto a competition and say something worse that happened to them.
The chronic one-upper.
"But she's your mother!"
Yeah, well she should've acted like one.
"I've heard it from people..."
"When you have your own children you'll understand."
I've heard it from people who don't understand that I want nothing more than my own family but being pregnant will kill me, and when I bring up adoption as a valid way of having children they'll buckle down on that phrase as to say adopted kids are not the same. It's disheartening to hear as a formal foster child and has reinforced my beliefs that no one really saw me as enough. Why would you say that to someone? All kids are the same and those without kids shouldn't be dismissed.
"I lost my daughter..."
"God has a plan" or "It happened for a reason."
I lost my daughter when I was 36 weeks in because of a sudden placental abruption followed by a uterine rupture, lost 2.2 litres of blood. I can't carry again without risking the child or myself. And I had to listen to a variety of phrases that made me want to hit those people. Those two were the worst. Followed by "You can try again" or "Did you get the child baptized?" (got this one only once though).
"Who on earth..."
"When are you going to have kids?"
Who on earth are you to not only insist I should stop and redirect my whole life for kids, but then put me on the spot and make up a timetable to change my whole life? Not everyone wants kids.
Now that you've learned a thing or two...
...you could say that all of the responses here are an exceptional opportunity to improve your social skills.
Have some of your own stories to share? Feel free to tell us about them in the comments below!
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Dating is difficult––and truth be told, I don't know how anyone can do it right now, what with a pandemic going on and all. Just the thought stresses me out. Dating is especially hard for people who defy expectations in a heteronormative society. Take bisexuals, for example.
Bisexuals have been open about their struggles maintaining relationships with both men and women, even having to lie about their sexuality if they want to date certain people.
"I feel like if I end up in a straight relationship, I'll look like I was just experimenting all these years, but if I end up in a gay relationship people will say I was never actually bisexual," one man told the BBC in 2019. "Then if I don't have a monogamous relationship people will say I'm just greedy."
Indeed, the pressure to be either gay or straight can be a lot to navigate. After Redditor Trevor-on-Reddit asked the online community, "Bisexual people who have dated both genders, what are some notable differences you've learned about dating both men and women?" bisexuals spoke candidly about their experiences. Take note: You might learn something new.
We all know someone who really cannot figure out even the most basic thing without copious amounts of help. But when you meet someone who is completely and totally past all help, how do you even begin to try to help them get along?
Most of the time, they will just be flustered, or they won't listen. And you have to just stand Idly by and watch them fail.
What is your "This person has no idea how the real world works" moment?
Here were some of those stories.
The Boot, Not The Camp
When I was in boot camp, some kid put his letter addressed to 'mom' with no address attatched.
I was gonna say that its not that stupid for a very young kid to do that, but then I realized you said boot camp and not summer camp.
Don't Steal Dangerous Chemicals
A student working part time at my laboratory at a University came into my office and asked "so what all can I eat in the refrigerator, I didn't know I was supposed to bring my own lunch". I looked at him, stunned and replied "nothing, that food is what people brought for their own lunch, but you can use my grub hub to order". He DID NOT UNDERSTAND. It took 4 tries to get him to realize he can't just eat someone else's lunch.
Same student: I walked into the lab room and told him I made a full pot of coffee in the office and he could help himself. Him: "a pot of coffee? What's that?" He never used a coffee maker other than a Kuerig before and didn't even know it was a thing.
He was fired a month later for stealing chloroform.
No Ma'am, Like, REAL Bears
At a national park, the park ranger says "stay on the trails, there are bears in the area."
One lady says "isn't that dangerous? Why aren't they in their cages?"
"Ma'am, we're not a zoo."
These people are lucky to make it out of bed every day.
Sleeping On The Job
I lived with some Japanese exchange students during the final summer of college. They were really nice girls, but one of them (Mari) (~19 years old) obviously had no idea how anything worked. She spoke the best English and I was tutoring some of the other girls, while they helped me with my Japanese.
But Mari would constantly call me to come to get her because she thought we had free buses (all the buses). After all, we were students. That wasn't the issue. I could deal with that. It was a whole new culture. She was learning.
But what happened that made me realize Mari could not be left on her own was when she ended up in Eloy, Arizona. Which was ~400 miles and five hours from where we were. She had been talking to some guy on campus, he said he was visiting family in Arizona, and she said "I want to go."
He just took her with him, and she went without even telling us. She had just assumed the guy would take her back, but he said he couldn't because he was staying in Arizona. So I had to arrange a ticket, get her on the bus via the phone, and then pick her up two hours away because she missed her second bus by napping.
How...? What...? Huh...?
Had a friend who was in some uncredited scam online college for her master's degree in medical billing or something. She was on a loan program that was sending her about $5k every 3 months directly to her via check in the mail.
This was her only source of income. She kept calling it a grant that didn't need to be paid back. She was flat broke as a joke for 2 months but then the check would come in and she would be living the good life for a few weeks before being poor again.
We tried to do an intervention and show her the insane interest rate that would be back dated as soon as her "school" was done but she didn't want anyone to bust her free money dreams.
She just kept talking about all the money she would eventually be making billing insurance companies...turns out she wasn't even logging in to the online college or even attempting to get this degree.
She thought the money was free, the degree was automatic and the job was guaranteed. Some people are beyond help.
Such Brilliant. So Money. Wow
My boss told me about a friend of his, who told him af a "life hack". She would get her bills in the mail, NOT pay them, and then wait a couple of months to pay. Then she would cry so the debt collectors would feel bad and waive the fees for not paying on time. That was her "brilliant life hack"
Himbo Rights Activist
The other day, my 18yo brother-in-law got married to his highschool sweetheart in a parking garage so that they can live off campus at college together.
Girlfriend's, now wife, mother is an ordained minister. His parents, my in-laws, were very upset and he couldn't understand why because "it's just a fake marriage for school". Oh no, sweet boy. You are MARRIED. I just laughed and laughed. I love him dearly. He is a dumb*ss.
And yet somehow they are there to add these stories to our dull, dull days.
A dude (18 yo) in boot camp got a letter from home and I can see he is agitated. Being 22 and concerned for his well-being, I asked him if he wanted to talk about it. (I'm thinking a Dear John letter or the Mom and Dad divorcing letter.)
He dead *ss told me that his younger brother got a Mercedes for his birthday and that he was pissed bc he "only got a BMW". Can't remember what I said, but I knew boot camp was gonna knock down. (It did.)
Who Pays Your Bills?
When my roommate, who never once paid for rent or groceries or anything, turned down the only job offer they have ever gotten, in front of me, TWICE.
They were so desperate they called him twice, offering good pay, during covid, and he had the gaul to say no in front of me. His excuse was "nah I'm sure there's something better. $20 an hour is garbage in this city" -_-
Just Read ONE Parenting Book
I worked for a clueless couple who had no idea how to raise a kid. He wore the same outfit everyday for a month until I gently suggested that he needs new clothes. His parents asked me "Where can we get baby clothes?" This was slightly hilarious given that they lived above a Target and next to a baby boutique.
I had to have the same conversation once the child was old enough for solid foods. I was asked "Where can we get baby food?" I had to explain that most grocery stores carry a baby aisle, or that she can mash up her own fruits at home for the baby. This family decided that sour cream would be a great first food for their baby!
I'll mention that this was a wealthy family who went on vacation at least 2-3 times a month. By far the weirdest thing they did was try and drop off Grandma at daycare along with the baby.
Stories like this make you feel like the most well-equipped, with it person alive, right?
We're all well aware of the weird, horrible, predatory things men do when attracted to women. But what about when women are the culprits?
Though it seems that, statistically, men are problematic at a WAY higher rate than women, there are certainly times where the person bringing the creepy vibes is, indeed, the woman.
Some men of Reddit gathered to share the most bizarre and uncomfortable things a woman has ever said.
AidenTheGamer14 asked, "Men of Reddit, what is the creepiest thing a girl has ever said or done to you?"
For some, it was the stalkers.
The cryptic behavior and frightening detective work of ex-lovers can be unparalleled.
Some Light Sleuthing
"Found out my address from the phone book, this was the 90s, sat outside my house for multiple nights, all night just watching my house, I live in the middle of the woods miles outside of town."
"We only had one date and agreed to leave it at that. I found out sometime later what she had been doing."
"Girl I was dating asked if I had changed the locks since breaking up with my ex months prior. I'm like 'No, but she wasn't a crazy person so I never worried about it.' She says if I don't change the locks she ain't comfortable sleeping over, so I change the locks."
"This ex sends me an angry text the next day 'So you changed your locks huh? Real nice a**hole.' So she had been coming over this whole time and doing who knows what."
She Stopped at Nothing
"She kept writing me letters at every address I lived at during that five-year period. If she didn't have the address she'd send them care of my parents. The most memorable is the one where she told me she was married and 'he's a great guy but he's not you.' "
"Once not long after I'd moved to a new address I came home and found a box of cookies she'd FedExed to me. Eventually I moved to a new state. I knew from her return addresses that she lived and worked there, and was worried we'd run into each other but realized that was pretty unlikely."
"Then after less than a year, she found me through a blog I was keeping and left a message on my voicemail demanding we meet. I posted a message to her on my blog telling her to stop harrassing me or I'd call the police (up to that point I'd been ignoring her, hoping she'd take the hint). That night she called, I repeated my threat to bring the authorities in, and I haven't heard from her since."
Others dealt with the creepiness on the internet. With so many avenues of communication all around us, uncomfortable comments can come from all directions.
"Someone I considered a friend started to grow feelings for me, but when she found out I had a girlfriend and I didn't feel the same for her she found out who my girlfriend was somehow. She then DM'd her and tried to tell her that I was cheating on her with her."
"Luckily I was with her when she got that DM so I could explain the situation and then we blocked her. Next day she DM'd her again from an alt account."
Worst Kind of Pen Pal
"I started a new job, and I shared a small office with a woman my age (and a couple other people). She was kinda cute but also weird and super naïve (she grew up in a very rural area). She'd flirt with me a lot, but I wasn't interested."
"So she started sending me emails."
"They were super long, detailing her whole day. And she sent them to me every day. I never responded. Then one day she sent me this long email confessing her love. I replied with the (very obvious) reasons why it wouldn't work and asked her to stop sending me emails every day. She didn't."
"They kept coming. This went on for months. I asked her in person and online to stop, but I still got these email memoirs every day. Eventually I had another female office mate who was her friend have a talk with her. Finally the emails stopped."
That's A Lot of Passwords
"I've had a girl create about 50 different Snapchat, Facebook, and Instagram accounts all to try to get me to friend her. I've never met this woman in person and yet every few weeks I'll get a handful of friend requests from her"
"Met this girl online and talked to her a bit. I did started to like her."
"Later found out that the pic she showed me of herself was actually a pic of her friend who had passed away due to cancer."
In my early 20's I was at a party and the hosting woman full-on tried to reach down my pants to grab my business."
"Strange, yes, what made it creepy is that we were right in front of her mother, who was cheering her on."
Breaking Out the Scroll
"After 6 months from our breakup, my ex called me because she wanted to see me. It seemed strange to me but I accepted. When we met she was friendly and all..."
"Then at a certain point she pulls a sheet in which there was written a list of all men she fu**ed after our relationship and she read it all to me, with accurate description of every sexual intercourse. Well it was an awkward moment."
"I was going to head home after a night out and a I was getting into my taxi a girl jumped in after me. I asked what they were doing and she said 'I'm coming home with you.' "
"Nope. Taxi driver helped me and she got out the car eventually when I shot down her advances."
Again, it's important to read this thread and remember that this is a bias sample, solely focused on the incidents where a woman did act creepy.
But, yes, it happens out there.
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